The London Culture Forum brings together arts and culture officers from across London’s 33 local authorities, with additional cultural representatives from key agencies operating in the capital.
Membership includes officers from all London local authority cultural services – across arts, culture, events, libraries and heritage – and representatives from organisations including Arts Council England, the Greater London Authority (GLA), London Councils and London & Partners.
The officers who attend the Forum have responsibility for a wide range of local cultural services including programming festivals, delivering workshops and participatory events, commissioning public art, working with local social, health and economic development agendas and supporting local arts and culture organisations and creative businesses through capacity building and other support services. Many officers also have responsibility for running arts venues such as theatres, museums and galleries.
The Forum’s aims are to:
- develop and promote local authority arts and cultural provision across the capital
- share information and good practice
- identify areas for collaboration
- support advocacy work for local arts and culture services
- embed a clear role for arts and culture in wider agenda
The Evole Programme
The London Culture Forum is also overseeing the Evolve programme, a learning and development programme in response to London Borough of Culture. Delivered by Amanda Smethurst, Evolve relaunched as an online programme in November 2020, and provides a number of opportunities for members of the London Culture Forum to get involved, including through mentoring, action learning, collaborative cross-borough groups with a small budget and a series of masterclasses. Please contact [email protected] if you would like to find out more and get involved.
London Culture Forum Advisory Board
The Forum is led by an Advisory Board, which currently includes:
Nick Bodger, City of London
Patricia Dark, London Borough of Southwark
Thomas Dodd, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
Tim Gallagher, London Councils
Chetna Kapacee, London Borough of Croydon
Anita Luby, London Libraries
Caitlan Louise, London Borough of Camden
Clive Lyttle, Arts Council England
Rachael McMillan, Historic England
Sara O’Donnell, London Borough of Wandsworth
Philippa Turner, The National Archives
You can read the Terms of Reference for the Advisory Board here.
The Forum holds regular meetings to debate a wide range of topics with input from external speakers. It also has a monthly newsletter which anyone can sign up to - if you are interested in receiving the newsletter please sign up here.
If you are a local authority officer and are interested in joining the Forum, please follow the link below.
Our terms of reference is available by downloading the document on the left-hand side of this document. You can also find out more about what we do in the Forum's "About Us" document which can be downloaded at the link on the right of the page.